The mandate, handed down by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, means all employers who offer health insurance must pay for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization services, without any co-pay from the recipients. This has led to numerous court cases against the administration by Christian universities and small businesses for whom provision of such services runs against deeply held beliefs.
The conversation thus far has focused on the employees and students who would receive services under the law. The text of the HHS rule, however, extends far beyond them. It requires coverage, with no co-pay charge, of all Food and Drug Administration-approved “contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures . . . for all women with reproductive capacity.”
That includes all female minors who are covered under employer-provided family insurance plans. That means Obama’s contraceptive mandate extends to all American daughters covered by an insurer.
Since insurance companies are forced to pay at 100% for this coverage, that cost will be passed along to the consumer, meaning our costs will rise across the board.
And while a moral issue such as providing birth control for, say, a 15-year-old girl has traditionally been a parental decision, this law strips that right from the parent. Now government bureaucrats will make your birth control decisions, and you will like it and ask for more.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the end result here is not the important point, which is: the government is taking the birth control decision-making process away from parents.
Welcome to the world of government health care, where your choices are made for you, at higher cost and a lower level of service.